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Hand-drawn sketch by Admiral Lord Nelson outlining his plan to defeat the French and Spanish navies at Trafalgar is found tucked into a scrapbook for almost 200 years The map was found by Nelson historian Martyn Downer in the 1830s scrapbook  It has been donated to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth The drawing was found alongside an address leaf bearing Nelson's signature

By Chantalle Edmunds For Mailonline

Published: 17:54 BST, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 18:02 BST, 18 October 2019

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A sketch hand-drawn by Admiral Lord Nelson showing his plan to defeat the French and Spanish navies at Trafalgar has been discovered tucked inside the pages of a scrapbook where it's been concealed for nearly 200 years.

The map was found by Nelson historian Martyn Downer in the scrapbook dating from the 1830s which was recently sold at auction.

The drawing was found alongside an address leaf bearing Nelson's signature and is dated September 5 1805.

A sketch hand-drawn by Admiral Lord Nelson showing his plan to defeat the French and Spanish navies at Trafalgar has been discovered tucked inside the pages of a scrapbook where it's been concealed for nearly 200 years

A sketch hand-drawn by Admiral Lord Nelson showing his plan to defeat the French and Spanish navies at Trafalgar has been discovered tucked inside the pages of a scrapbook where it's been concealed for nearly 200 years

The map was found by Nelson historian Martyn Downer in the scrapbook dating from the 1830s which was recently sold at auction

The map was found by Nelson historian Martyn Downer in the scrapbook dating from the 1830s which was recently sold at auction

The sketch, which has been donated to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, shows Nelson's plan to split his fleet into three divisions to break and destroy the enemy line coming out of Cadiz harbour.

It includes lines showing the wind direction with Nelson's plan to attack across the wind, taking advantage of the increased speed.

Mr Downer said: 'This fragment of pencil sketch is simultaneously a very intimate and vivid artefact, giving us an exceptional insight into Nelson's thinking and planning ahead of the battle.

'Its survival is quite remarkable, having been hidden away between the pages of a young lady's scrap

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